True Blood: Sunset Review (

By:Joel Rickenbach
Review Date: Monday, August 20, 2012

Here we are at the penultimate episode of True Blood season 5. As we race towards the finish line, it’s hard not too think of this season as a bit uneven and haphazard. It seems that the idea of Mainstreaming Vs Sanguinista would be the theme, and it is, but the show has had so many subplots, many getting as much attention at the main plot, it feels as if this theme never really got off the ground as much as it could have. See my review from two weeks ago, where I complain that Bill & Eric’s story is literally contained to one room. This episode continues that trend, but thankfully it is actually somewhat explained, and threads are starting to coalesce.

The explanation for the cabin fever we’ve been feeling with the vampire authority is “nesting”, and that answer is given by Pam in all her deadpan glory. When vampires nest with other vampires, and start drinking each other’s blood (or, say, Lillith’s blood) they tend to go off the reservation. I have to say- I love that all the big and important vampire dealings are nonchalantly explained by a patented Pam eye-roll. It took a street level vampire all of 5 seconds to see the inbred Lillith fervor what it actually is. Speaking of the fervor- I originally thought Bill was playing the inside man, but at this point it seems he really is caught up in the religion, albeit with some mojo from a vampire goddess. One of the most interesting revelations from this episode is that the naked and bloody apparition of Lillith has been appearing to all the members of authority. Each of them now believes they are the “chosen one”, and it seems Lillith is eliminating her competition until she can take the body of the remaining vamp for her own. Anyone fancy a Russell Edgington and Lillith-possessed Bill throwdown?

Further evidence of Bill’s drinking of the Kool Aide is his treatment of Jessica. He calls her bluff about wanting to sire Jason as a vampire, and sends two guards to make sure Jessica does the deed. The attempt makes for a good scene- Jason is rightly confused, and we see just how complicated things are between the two of them. However, he does trust her, at least in some capacity, as Jessica feeds on him, and gets into the freshly dug grave. You can say what you want about Jason’s intelligence, but the guy is a sure shot. It’s a good thing whatever bullets he had loaded (wooden, silver?) were not in the chamber when he shot Jessica in the head a few episodes back. Jessica must be thankful too, because her tearful admission shows how much she loves him. I think.

Unfortunately, there is a lame aspect to this week’s offering- The Faerie elder. I was expecting a guest star, or at least a well designed character, but all we get is a scatter-brained woman in a blue dress. I kinda liked her “for or against” non sequiturs, but she’s played off as a big joke, and before we know it she’s dead. The few things we do get from her are her reactions to Warlow: “It is forbidden to speak of such things” and Russell Edgington: “RUSSELL EDGINGTON is ALIVE!?!” The latter is a sentiment shared by another short lived character- US Military General and vampire Liaison Cavanaugh. He, too, is gone too soon. Seeing Jason caught in a “Night at the Roxbury” style “hunk sandwich” was rather funny, and Russell and Steve Newlin swarming the field like bees in search of honey was also well done. 

What will next week bring? According to the trailer- Jason goes all paramilitary on the vampire headquarters (will soon-to-be faerie father, Andy Bellefleur join him?), Salome knocks one back, and all the faerie light in the world can’t stop Russell.

Here’s hoping Alan Ball goes out with a bang.

Best Moment: Sam and Pam’s hallway exchange.

Worst Moment: Sookie being “for” Boyz II Men 

Mania Grade: B+
Episode: Sunset
Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell
Written By: Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
Directed By: Lesli Linka Glatter
Network: HBO